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Uneasy situation in Montreal

December 11th 2011 15:24
The chances of defenseman Matthias Ohlund playing this season are slim, as he hasn't skated for several weeks due to pain in his knees. He had knee surgery in mid-October, and it looks like GM Steve Yzerman will stand pat. There really is no reason to do something else, as Bruno Geravis has played well as a depth defenseman. I think the furthest Yzerman should go is call up Radko Gudas if things get worse on the blue line.

Before the Carolina Hurricanes were able to dump off Tomas Kaberle's contract on the Canadiens shoulders, the 'Canes tried to trade the $4.25 million man to the Blue Jackets. Carolina tried to package a second rounder and the 33-year-old for center Derick Brassard, but the Blue Jackets rejected this offer outright. Kaberle had a -11 this season with the Hurricanes, and it really seems like the only way to improve this sagging team is a complete overhaul. It may seem imprudent, but this strange collapse may be for real. The key players, such as Eric Staal, are here to stay, but guys like Kaberle and other older role players are expendable. I still can't believe the Canadiens would ever take the under-performing, aging Kaberle and- most of all- the contract that comes with him.

The team that obtained Kaberle, the Canadiens, are interested in shaking things up as well. The fan base has been calling for Jacques Martin's head, but there are also rumblings that GM Pierre Gauthier's job security is falling. Patrick Roy and the surprise firing Randy Carlyle are two names circulating around Martin (the vultures around a "corpse"), and even some players have said that Martin has a poor system that is too restrictive. The aforementioned Blue Jackets were among the teams who made head coaching changes, and they have gotten off to a hot start with their new coach. The Canadiens are coming off of a shootout loss against the Jackets, and maybe firing their head coach will help them out; I certainly think it will.
Tomas Kaberle
Traded to Montreal


6/2011 NHL Forward Rankings

June 9th 2011 14:44
1. Sidney Crosby
2. Alex Ovechkin
3. Daniel Sedin
4. Henrik Sedin
5. Evgeni Malkin
6. Steven Stamkos
7. Corey Perry
8. Jonathan Toews
9. Pavel Datsyuk
10. Martin St. Louis
11. Ilya Kovalchuk
12. Brad Richards
13. Ryan Kesler
14. Jeff Carter
15. Eric Staal
16. Anze Kopitar
17. Henrik Zetterberg
18. Joe Thornton
19. Alexander Semin
20. Zach Parise
21. Patrick Kane
22. Jarome Iginla
23. Dany Heatley
24. Ryan Getzlaf
25. Nicklas Backstrom
26. Claude Giroux
27. Patrick Marleau
28. Milan Lucic
29. Mike Richards
30. Vincent Lecavier
31. Danny Briere
32. Rick Nash
33. Phil Kessel
34. Devin Setoguchi
35. Tomas Plekanec
36. Ryan Clowe
37. Chris Stewart
38. Logan Couture
39. Mikko Koivu
40. Johan Franzen

I have decided to bring in some more content from other sports such as hockey to give people the sense that Pro Sports Wrap encompasses all of sports. I am previewing a game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators. There are trade rumors circling Predators' star Shea Weber, while Craig Rivet is set to make his debut for Columbus. Both teams are 31-23, but Nashville has two ties which make them higher in the playoff standings by two spots (10 to 12). Even though they wouldn't be in the playoffs if the playoffs started today, both teams are very much alive in an extremely close playoff race in the Western Conference.

I don't know that much about hockey, but I will try to attack this game as best I can. Let's start with the Blue Jackets and their best player Rick Nash. He leads both teams coming into this game with 29 goals. Nash is one of the biggest stars in hockey and is regarded by some as a legendary player. I would vote for him into the NHL HOF. Anyway, Jakub Voracek is doing a great job of passing it around. Matt Calvert's had trick is fresh in his mind, but P.J. Umberger is the left wing to watch. The Predators are going to be busy with four athletic wingers that are balanced on both sides in their passing, goal scoring, and explosiveness. Steve Mason is solid in goal for Columbus.

Pekka Rinne has been enjoying an exceptional season in goal for Nashville, and it will be interesting to see how he handles the star power that Columbus possess on the wings. Shea Weber has 37 points, which is quite remarkable for a defenseman. He is the captain and the team's star and franchise player. Weber won't be afflicted by all the contract uncertainty surrounding him. He will focus on trying to stop Nash and Umberger. Fellow defensman Ryan Suter is a great team player that has formed a nice partnership with Weber.

Martin Erat and Patric Hornqvist are really going to be hit or miss today. I like Erat more as a player because of his track record and the fact that he is just plan downright better. Hornqvist is okay, but the Nashville's right wing is Erat's to own. David Legwand has been a disappointment so far this year, but the Predators have a good one and two center in Legwand and backup Colin Wilson. Sergei Kostitsyn will be the Predators' main attacking threat, especially because fellow left wing J.P. Dumont has been fading for a while.

Both teams are pretty much evenly matched, but the Blue Jackets' defense is what makes them lose a tight one. I really love the combination of Weber and Suter. It is going to be a tight game and a fun one to watch. I think it is a 3-2 game with Sergei Kostitsyn emerging as the game's MVP. It is an extremely tough game to predict.
Predators' Main Attacking Threat

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